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Mar 29, 2010 11:31 AM

Bored and burnt out

I don't know what's happened to me. I used to feel like I was cheating myself whenever I repeated a recipe, now I'm eating the same three things all week. I haven't tried cooking anything new in weeks. I haven't cruised the farmer's market or produce aisle wondering what I could do with what's on display. I haven't read cookbooks in bed, or out of bed, for that matter. Does this ever happen to you? Do you get stuck in a rut? I feel so uninspired.

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  1. Yeppers, I can get burned out a couple of times a year. My husband enjoys so many home cooked meals including lunch that he is always supportive and williing to go out on those occasions. Sometimes we all just need a little break!!! Take it and enjoy, you will feel inspired soon and be eating some fine foods in no time.

    1. It would be abnormal if this *didn't* happen once in a while, don't you think?

      1. I'm a baker first and foremost and right now I'm enjoying baking. But...there are times when I want to throw out all my bakeware and never bake again. I think what is needed is a good balance. Sometimes we embrace our passion, be it cooking or baking, so much that we go overboard. I think that's when we start feeling "bored and burnt out." Don't worry, your interest will be back sooner or later!

        1. This happens to all of us; give yourself a small break and rejuvenate your mind but don't take too long because you don't want to become stagnant with something you clearly enjoy. I create recipes and sometimes I get in a rut, there are times when I can't come up with one idea so I back off for awhile, take in my environment for inspiration and I'm back at it in no time.

          1. Tooootally happens to me -- and usually this time of year when the good produce is just creeping in but before the glut of summer. I do have a few healthy, super-easy, reliable recipes that I use to get me through those times. I figure inspiration just comes in waves and I have to power through! I always come out the other end though.

            Do you read any foodie blogs? I have a few in my reader that I find to be invariable sources of inspiration.